Polyporus umbellatus (3 Photos)

Polyporus umbellatus (Dendopolyporus umbellatus)8118

“Umbrella Polypore” Saprobic or parasitic. White rotter on hardwoods. Reappears often. Edible. Consists of many individual smoky gray-brown caps attached to separate stems joined to a basal structure which emerges from a sclerotia below the ground. Small white pores beneath the caps. Found at base of oaks, beech and other hardwoods. Edible when young and soft. 

Polyporus umbellatus (Dendopolyporus umbellatus)8116-2

Polyporus umbellatus 

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